Philosophy

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Culture
by Jessica Weiss

The news industry has been calling upon the savviest techies in the world to help make sense of how the explosion of digital technology is impacting the news business. Coders, programmers and data scientists are forging innovative ways of gathering, distributing and paying for news coverage. But most of the technologists and tech-savvy journalists shaking [...] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Josh Stearns

Right now there are three major efforts under way to rethink journalism ethics for our changed media landscape. The Online News Association and the Society for Professional Journalists have both launched ethics discussions with their members, and the Poynter Institute recently published a major book on “The New Ethics of Journalism.” Poynter is using the [...] more »

Culture
by Debbie Galant

For all the talk of journalism’s noble past and uncertain future, the truth is that journalism’s day-to-day is a lot like slinging hash. Everyday journalism is produced quickly, in massive quantities, in front of a live audience. Think Rt. 22 diner, not Le Cirque. Cheeseburger, fries, soda. Crime tape, victim, arrest. So who can blame [...] more »

Philosophy
by Dan Reimold

I didn’t know much about Roger Ebert in the 1980s and 1990s. Due to a lack of cable access growing up, I only occasionally caught him in syndication during his Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down TV glory days. In fact, I’m pretty sure for a large chunk of my childhood and early adolescence I only knew him [...] more »

Philosophy
by Lawrence Lessig

The following is the opinion of Lawrence Lessig and is a post that first appeared on his personal blog shortly after news broke that Aaron Swartz — activist, writer and Reddit co-founder — had committed suicide. (Some will say this is not the time. I disagree. This is the time when every mixed emotion needs [...] more »

Philosophy
by Amanda Enayati

Helping your children deal with the horror at Sandy Hook Elementary last Friday — and other crises that play out over national news — may just mean turning off, shutting down and going offline for a bit. Very little about this generation of young children’s near-constant exposure to direct and passive media seems simple, but [...] more »

Philosophy
by Josh Stearns

If you believe in non-profit journalism, it is time to support it. And if you support non-profit journalism it’s time to go public with that support. The end of the year is a hugely important time for non-profit fundraising — many organizations raise major portions of their budget between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. This [...] more »

Philosophy
by Josh Stearns

Earlier this year, Bill Diggins, a marketing executive at Verizon Wireless, revealed a chilling fact about how much information the company collects about its customers. “We’re able to view just everything that they do,” he told a crowd at the Paley Center in New York. “And that’s really where data is going today. Data is [...] more »

Philosophy
by Amanda Hirsch

The following is an opinion piece by Amanda Hirsch; an earlier version of this post appeared on her blog. Every time someone threatens to cut PBS funding (as Mitt Romney recently did), its supporters play the Big Bird card. “Surely, Mr. Grinch, you won’t rob the children of their Big Bird?” I’d like to call [...] more »


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